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Michele Placido



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Michele Placido

Main cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Louis Garrel, Isabelle Huppert

Short synopsis : Michele Placido (Romanzo Criminale) captures the spirit of Caravaggio in an epic period drama depicting the turbulent life of this supremely gifted and timeless genius.

Long synopsis : Italy 1610. Caravaggio is both one of the most brilliant painters of his time and a rebel against Church rulings that dictate how religious subjects are represented. Having been informed that he depicts prostitutes, thieves and vagabonds in his work, Pope Paul V orders the Vatican secret service to investigate, to decide whether to grant the clemency for which the painter has petitioned since being sentenced to death for the murder of a rival in love. The investigator – known as The Shadow – begins the inquiry that will lead him to discover the conflicting vices and virtues of the artist whose life — or death – lies in his hands.


  • Riccardo Scamarcio, Louis Garrel, Isabelle Huppert


  • Director(s): Michele Placido
  • Screenplay: Sandro Petraglia, Michele Placido, Fidel Signorile
  • Costume Designer: Carlo Poggioli
  • Cast: Riccardo Scamarcio, Louis Garrel, Isabelle Huppert
  • With the support of the Creative Europe Programme: MEDIA Films on the move 2023
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Historical Drama

  • Production company: Goldenart Production, Mact Production